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Taylor Mountain - Donkey Engine Trail

Issaquah Alps


Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain
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3.44 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.


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Taylor Mountain is a newer addition to the King County Parks system, standing out for its intersecting network of narrow trails and wide roads, and for its history of different land use practices. Between the 1880s and 1970s, the forest was repeatedly logged, and even hosted 15 miles of railroad and a handful of sawmills. Currently, it is a Forest Stewardship Council certified working forest, emphasizing sustainable management practices as well as recreation for hikers, mountain bike riders, and horseback riders.  

From the parking area, hikers will pass through the gate and enter the Taylor Mountain Forest. Hang a left to follow the Carey Creek trail along this salmon-spawning stream. A mellow grade curves along with the sound of the creek. After a pleasant 1.26 miles, you will arrive at the Donkey Engine loop. Stay straight or turn left to complete the 0.91 miles that return you back to the Carey Creek Trail. All trail junctions are marked with wooden signs installed by King County Parks. This park is popular for horseback riders, and you will likely encounter some equestrian trail users on your adventure. Also, take note of the vegetation along the creek as stinging nettle is mixed in with the Salmonberry thickets that line the banks.


Taylor Mountain - Donkey Engine Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.4148, -121.9256 Open map in new window


Issaquah Alps -- Taylor Mountain

King County Parks

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King County

Taylor Mountain Forest Map

Buy the Green TrailsTiger Mountain No. 204S map

Getting There

From I-90, take exit 25 and head south on highway 18. Take the exit for Issaquah-Hobart Road and turn south on Issaquah-Hobart Road. After 1.6 miles, turn east on SE 208th St. After two miles you will arrive at the Trailhead. Use the gravel pull-outs on either side of the road to park. Be courteous to horseback riders by leaving room for horse trailers. Please do not block the gates. 

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